The Hong Kong International Literary Festival

About Us

About the Festival

The Hong Kong International Literary Festival (HKILF), founded in 2001, is an annual event held over 10 days in the fall, featuring established and emerging writers from around the world in a programme that includes discussions, literary lunches and dinners, workshops, lectures, debates, book signings, and readings.

The stellar list of past HKILF authors includes literary luminaries such as Seamus Heaney, Louis de Bernières, Colm Tóibín, Jung Chang, and Yann Martel.

HKILF is organized and coordinated by Hong Kong International Literary Festival Limited, a non-profit, charitable literary arts organization which also manages the annual Young Readers Festival (YRF).


The Hong Kong International Literary Festival celebrates creative writing in English and emphasises writing with an Asian connection. The Festival features both established and emerging authors and includes works in translation, literary fiction and non-fiction, poetry and scriptwriting. The Festival unites authors and readers to promote the literary arts and a love of literature in Hong Kong.

Partners & Sponsors

The festival is deeply grateful for the support of our partners and sponsors. Learn more here.

Board, Advisors, & Staff

The festival is overseen by a diverse and committed board of directors, united by a love of reading and the written word. Learn more about our board and expert advisors here, and find contact information for our staff here.

Volunteers & Employment

We are always expanding our ranks of festival volunteers. If you’d like to lend a hand, click here to learn more.

Want to work with us? Vacancies will be posted here as they become available.


We look forward to seeing you at upcoming festivals!

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Save the Date

The 15th Annual Lit Fest will take place in Autumn 2015. Don't miss out.


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